Looking Back & Forward: 2014 Survey with 2015 Resolutions

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:

56 books!

Number of Re-Reads:

4 re-reads this year (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire)

Genre You Read The Most From:

Easily, fantasy!

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Ahhh, to pick just one? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is my pick then.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Burn by Julianna Baggott was my biggest disappointment. I finally get my hands on the third installment of the Pure series and I was completely let down.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

The Saga graphic novel series, I knew I would like the series but was blown away by how much I sheer loved it.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan… I think I annoyed the heck out of a lot of people to read this.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Best series I started, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

Best Sequel: World After by Susan Ee.

I didn’t have a good series ender, I was massively disappointed by all of the enders I read! (I’m talking about you Allegiant and Burn).

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Malinda Lo!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blacke. I normally don’t do horror and reading it was out of my zone but so worth it.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Angelfall by Susan Ee! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did but I devoured it in 1 night.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

I must say that I adored the Fangirl cover, it’s simple and geeky.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Penryn from Angelfall!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

I thought Skin of the Wolf was thought-provoking, it wasn’t life changing at all, that would be Fangirl, but it was most certainly thought-provoking.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

Angelfall by Susan Ee, I mention her book a lot, I know.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

I don’t think I had one, or if I did, I don’t remember it…

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: Creep by Kevin Hammond

Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Fangirl! By far, it wasn’t the most twisty book but how the character dealt with drama certainly resonated with me and shocked me a bit.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

AHHH! Ash and Kaisa the Huntress in Ash by Malinda Lo, I will go down for this ship!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Lady Trent and Dagmira in A Natural History of Dragons

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Uhhhh, World After by Susan Ee.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Saga by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Penryn from Angelfall! Such a huge crush on her.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Did I read a 2014 debut? I don’t think I have… I am hardly current with the book world. I read what I feel like and I’m not one to wait around for something to come out.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman was pretty good that way.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Ash by Malinda Lo. I know I mention this a lot but y’all don’t get it. I never, ever, ever read LGBTQ characters in books, they just never come up and lo and behind, my surprise when the main character of this book is showing some lesbian feelings? Can you imagine my sheer delight to read a fantasy driven LGBTQ book? And by accident too?! This made my night, I smiled the entire time reading this and ran to work the next day screaming to my coworkers because I was so excited. Ash wasn’t some tortured soul, she just… was, and that is so refreshing.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling as per usual.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Unique? Huntress by Malinda Lo.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I CURSE YOU GROSSMAN.

Your Blogging Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

This is so hard to say, just 1?

I’d say that The Nerdy Journalist gets this honor! She’s got a great blog so please check her out.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

My review for Fangirl.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

My thoughts on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone garnered the most views and comments! It was a good discussion.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I went to YALC and met up with SO many amazing people.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Meeting up with Laura and Stacey in Oxford, they came at a time when I was going through some stuff and they just revitalized my spirit!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Book By It’s Cover: Tor.Com

Nikki and I did that post and it blew the heck up, we were both super surprised.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

YALC in Tweets

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

YALC! Seriously, it was a discovery. I first got a tweet about it from Broc and Rinn and then it all just blew up into bookish amazingness!

9.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Tons, I made a whole post about it! *winks*

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?


2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Saga Volume 4! I ordered it a few days ago and it came at my US address yesterday! I should get it sometime this week.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Shadowscale (Seraphina #2). I’ve been waiting for this book a very darn long time.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Uhh, I’d like to finish off the Cinder series. I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet, now I need to read Cress and Winter when it comes out!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Blog more consistently, because as it is I’ll do a month’s worth of posts at one time and then forget to blog for 2 months. I was busy last year but this year I’d like to make it more regular. I enjoy blogging but I just forget.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?

Hahahahaha. What? Haven’t read a 2015 release yet, sorry!

Read my 2013 Survey.



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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One Response to Looking Back & Forward: 2014 Survey with 2015 Resolutions

  1. Nicole says:

    Why is the answer to “21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:” not The Yellow Wallpaper!!?? >:m
    hahaha 😉

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